Weekly Preaching

Setting Out to Preach

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 14, 2024

SCRIPTURE
Am 7:12-15
Eph 1:3-14
Mark 6:7-13

PREACHING

There is an interesting contrast between today’s first reading and the Gospel. The priest at Bethel informs the king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel that Amos’ challenge to turn away from corruption is upsetting the people. The priest then tells Amos to stop prophesying, leave Israel and go to Judah (in the south). Amos justifies his presence by indicating that he has been sent by God, who told him: “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.” 

But in our Gospel, Jesus sends out his disciples to preach with the caveat, “Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” Jesus’ instruction seems harsh.  

Why do you think Jesus “wrote off” the unwelcoming people? What is the message to you today?  

by Dominican Associate of Sinsinawa Candy Krepel